After you sign your last will and testament, you may wish to change some of the provisions. One method is to prepare and sign a new will that includes the changes that you want. Another alternative is to use a codicil to change your last will. A codicil is simply a document that starts with a reference to your original will, and then explains the changes, usually by setting out replacement paragraphs for the provisions that you want to change.

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The codicil must be signed with the same signing formalities as the original will, and should be kept with the original will. Your "will" is now your original will, plus the codicil.

Usually, codicils are used only for minor changes, for example, to include the name of a new executor to replace a formerly named executor who has died. If you want to make substantial and/or numerous changes to your last will, it may be preferable and less confusing to simply prepare a new will.

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